The Spanish Grand Prix got off to a sensational start for Seewer and Watson. Seewer scored himself a great place on the gate after posting the fifth-fastest time in Timed Practice, while Watson qualified inside the top-10 for the first time in his MXGP class career. He was 10th.
The one-day format that has been introduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic does not favour riders that have switched manufacturers for the 2021 season. Riders like Glenn Coldenhoff, who was new to Yamaha at the start of the year, now enters each Grand Prix with no prior experience racing specific circuits on their new motorcycles. At the beginning of each Grand Prix, the riders only get 40-minutes on the track before lining up for the races, and in that same 40-minutes, they must complete one fast lap to qualify for gate-pick. While trying to find a comfortable bike set-up, Coldenhoff ended the session in 12th.
Fired up after a challenging practice session, Coldenhoff blasted out of the gate and quickly passed Romain Febvre to complete the opening lap of Race 1 in second position. The ‘259’ was running a hot pace, but as the MXGP title protagonists found their rhythm, he ended up being shuffled back to fifth.
With less than 10-minutes on the clock, the championship leader Jeffrey Herlings tried to go around the outside of his Dutch compatriot, Coldenhoff. The duo came together, which caused ‘The Hoff’ to crash. After remounting his YZ450FM, he ended up finishing 10th.
Seewer got off to a strong start in Race 1 but was edged back to sixth amidst the frantic bar-banging action on the opening lap. From there, the ‘91’ managed to pass his teammate, Coldenhoff, for fifth, which is where he finished at the end of the 18-lap race.
In front of an enormous, wild and boisterous Spanish crowd, both Coldenhoff and Seewer got off to decent starts in the final race of the weekend. Coldenhoff fell from seventh and struggled to bounce back. He finished 14th, while Seewer felt out of his comfort zone but still toughed out an eighth-place finish.
After a season-best start to the Spanish Grand Prix, Watson did his best to collect points despite an ankle injury. The 24-year-old MXGP rookie suffered through some pain and discomfort in the opening race and was able collect two-points for 19th. Unfortunately, he twisted his injured ankle during Race 1 and did not line up for Race 2.
The team now shifts its focus to the next three rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship that will take place in Pietramurata, Italy, on Sunday 24th, Wednesday 27th and Sunday 31st October.
Seewer and Coldenhoff remain sixth and eighth in the MXGP Championship Standings, while Watson is 13th.